We recently stopped in Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas aka the Mexican Rivera. (Buick made a car called the Riviera – nice and now collectible.)
These are beach towns. A lot of white sand beckons. Pack the sunscreen. You’ll be closer to the equator, where the rays will hit you at more of a 90-degree angle = burn, baby, burn!
Nice warm weather and friendly folks. I’d be cautious if your itinerary includes Acapulco and Mazatlán. Both are frequented by banditos of the drug pushing type.
These three all take US dollars – happily. Don’t bother changing money. And credit cards are more than welcome. Like anywhere you go, keep your Rolex at home.
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If you like churches, the early Spanish had two goals – take the gold and baptize the natives. The citizens are hard-core Catholic. I love to stop in them and take photos of the altars. (Take your hat off.) I was an altar boy and the icons and architecture are amazing. Too bad they were done with … well face it,….forced labor. It upsets me that the Church professes “Feed the Poor,” yet has riches that could be sold.
We love to take the planned ship excursions. I know it’s more expensive than hiring a taxi, but we have never been disappointed. If you hire a driver, and he gets a flat or gets lost – you are on your own to get to the next port.
Try a Mexican coke. Word is that the product is sweetened with corn syrup (real sugar)…and that the USA version uses high-fructose corn syrup. Most of the Mexican Coke exported to the United States is made with cane sugar, while that in Mexico may really be flavored with the high -fructose type. 12 teaspoons of sugar – not good.
The difference? You be the judge – but maybe wait until you get home to try that version of Mexi-coke. Costco sells it.
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